What would YOU do with Honey Stars?
The Honey Stars addict at work gave me a Honey Stars challenge last Friday and I of course had to take it up. The agreement was that I had to bake or create something with Honey Stars and present my creation Monday morning, and no matter how it looked or tasted, he had to eat everyyyything up (ok I made that last part up. And if it were true, I would have made Stir Fried Honey Stars with Szechuan Peppers or something along that line).
Anyway, when we’re talking about bright ideas, I did the most logical thing: Ask the Budgetpantry Facebook Community for help!
Honestly, I never thought to use it in a savoury dish. I like the macaroni topping idea very much.. like maybe a creamy chicken macaroni topped with Honey Stars crumbs and 4 cheeses. And “Cereal” prawns? Who would have thought? The dessert ideas were interesting and creative, I have a good mind to go out and buy a box of Honey Stars and make them all. Thank you everyone for your suggestions!
I finally decided to make an easy cheesecake with a Honey Stars base in place of digestives/ graham crackers. And Damsie inspired me further when she squealed in excitement (through Whatsapp- we’ve known each other for 9 years but never met in our lives. Put two weirdos together and that’s what you get), saying she loves to eat Honey Stars with Bananas. Honey Stars with Bananas? Really? I’ve never even thought of this combination before but I can imagine how it would work. So, this was how this creation was born!
I also made an easy caramel sauce using condensed milk, butter and sugar, to drizzle over the final product. One thing I would leave out next time is the Honey Stars topping. They don’t freeze well obviously. I should have simply used them to decorate just before serving so the crunchiness would remain.
This cheesecake requires baking. I don’t really like the non-bake ones because I don’t like how gelatin “plastifies” a cheesecake. I know, what a thing to say. But try this recipe.. it yields a cheesecake so creamy and wonderful, the Honey Stars addict was quite impressed. Make it this weekend’s project and as always, have fun baking!